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Life in our new house is WAY different from life in the old apartment! JM and I are getting used to it, but our kitties, Puck and Finnegan, are a little more wary. There are definitely some things they love: they have tons more space to explore, they have claimed all the radiators as napping places, they love staring out the windows and watching the world go by. But they’re a little unsure about the stairs (they kinda waddle down them, it’s adorable!), and they are definitely not sure about the basement. They’re getting used to it now, but for a while there they howled and meowed every single time they went down there!
I, on the other hand, LOVE having a basement! It’s a great place to store stuff, we have our own washing machine and dryer down there, and it’s the perfect place to put the kitties’ litter box to keep it out of the way! Our old apartment was so small there wasn’t really any “out of the way” space, so their litter box went in a closet in the living room. We put down a rubber garage floor mat to help contain the litter they tracked out of the box, and it worked great, but it still seemed to get everywhere. So I’m thrilled that we can put the litter box downstairs, out of the way, where a little bit of litter on the floor won’t bother anyone!
However, having the litter in the basement presented us with new problems. It’s so out of the way it’s actually a hassle to empty the litter box every day and carry the baggies all the way upstairs, through the house, outside, through the detached garage, and into the trash cans. Also, the laundry is in the basement, so the litter box smell was starting to be a problem for our freshly cleaned clothes. But I found the perfect solution at Target the other day: the Litter Genie!
How To Clean A Litter Box (and keep it odor free!)
The Litter Genie is basically a mini trash can specifically designed to hold used litter and keep the odors locked in, and boy does it work wonders! I’m seriously loving this thing!
I set it up in the basement right next to the litter box, and now all I have to do is scoop the litter every day like normal, but instead of scooping it into a bag, and I just scoop it right into the Litter Genie. Then when I’m done I can just pull the handle out to let the used litter fall down into the lower half of the bin and release the handle to lock it down there. The used litter and the smells are totally contained, the litter box is clean, and I don’t have to carry bags of litter around every day!
Even Finnegan thinks it’s nifty!
With two cats, the bottom half gets full after 1-2 weeks, so I just open the container, remove the bag of used litter, take it out to the garbage, and start all over again! The basement is totally free of icky litter box smells, and I can clean the litter box daily without too much hassle. Perfect!
If you want your own Litter Genie, you can find them at Target for under $15! Plus here’s a $3 off coupon for you! And check out Litter Genie on Facebook and Twitter for the latest on clean litter boxes!
JM thinks it’s weird how much I love this thing, but it’s just so useful! It saves me tons of time, which means I can finish getting unpacked into this new house, and the kitties can keep exploring the basement!
And finding the warmest, sunniest places to sleep!
How do you deal with your litter box? Any brilliant litter box tips?!
Disclosure: I received compensation from Pollinate Media and Target in exchange for my honest discussion of this product. But I cannot even tell you how awesome this thing is and how much easier it makes it to keep the litter box clean! All opinions in this post are 100% my own. I would never write a post about something I didn’t think was useful or interesting for you guys, and Practically Functional will only publish sponsored posts for companies or products I love and believe in! 🙂
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